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07 June 2018

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Migrants frequently fall through the cracks of national and international emergency efforts.

More Work Needed to Reduce the Vulnerability of Migrants During Emergencies

IOM – Migrants are often among the groups most affected by natural hazards and armed conflicts. Language barriers, limited social networks and isolation are some of the factors that may limit migrants’ ability to ensure their own safety and well-being.

Despite these challenges, migrants frequently fall through the cracks of national and international emergency efforts.

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African migrants climb over a fence between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla. (2014 photo by Santi Palacios/AP)

African Migrants are Braving a New Route to Europe. But Old Perils Remain

Washington Post (Morocco) – She had heard of African migrants being enslaved and imprisoned in war-riven Libya as they tried to escape to a better life in Europe. So Fanta Soumahoro decided to travel through Morocco instead. It would be a safer route, she thought.

But as the 21-year-old Ivorian was preparing to board a boat to slip across the Mediterranean, she recalled, the smugglers ordered her group at knifepoint to hand over their money and possessions. She thinks they would have raped her if not for a passing car.

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Fatou: "I’ll probably go back to Senegal to use what I have learnt here to contribute to my country’s development and to Africa as a whole."

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  • Daily Sun reported that IOM has now carried out more than 400,000 health consultations in Cox’s Bazar since late August 2017. However, without urgent financial backing, these services will soon be brought to a halt.
  • Reuters reported that 46 Ethiopian migrants had drowned on their way to Yemen. Sixteen more were missing after the boat carrying at least 100 migrants from Bossaso in Somalia capsized as it approached Yemen.
  • IPS republished an article on how policymakers can help to address the food insecurity-related causes of migration.
  • Xinhua reported that IOM had repatriated 233 Ethiopian migrants over the past week from war-torn Yemen.
  • Casa per l'Europa di Gemona reported about IOM’s Global Migration Film Festival 2018, which invites professional and emerging filmmakers to present their own films on the challenges and promises of migration and on the unique contribution that migrants bring to their new communities.
  • EU Neighbours reported that the EU donated 540 tablets to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia to strengthen its capacities in developing intelligence-led policing and crime prevention in the country.
  • Asia Foundation reported that Nepal’s Ministry of Labour, Employment, and Social Security in collaboration with ILO, IOM and The Asia Foundation, has worked to support evidence-based policymaking and the creation of institutional structures. Its new report confirms that foreign employment is still the most significant motivation for international migration from Nepal.

  • Devex reported that as the Democratic Republic of the Congo attempts to contain an Ebola outbreak and stabilize ongoing political tensions in the nation’s capital, 400,000 children under age 5 in the country’s southwest Kasai region suffer from severe acute malnutrition and are at immediate risk of dying from starvation.
  • NBC News reported that a new report from the Center for American Progress, a public policy research and advocacy organization, found that LGBTQ migrants in federal detention centers are 97 times more likely to be sexually assaulted than other detainees.